Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar 2018 – Expect Crispy Chicken Rendang, Durian Churros And Okinawa Milk Tea In A Bucket
The Geylang Serai Ramadan Bazaar, one of the biggest and the most anticipated pasar malam in Singapore, will be back from 12 May (Sat) to 14 June (Thurs).
The bazaar will be spread out in a few areas, with most of the food stalls along Haig Road and the Malay Village area (12 May to 14 June) and in front of Tanjong Katong Complex (16 May to 14 June).
With a theme of “Celebrating our kampung spirit”, the annual Hari Raya Light Up will feature 2.25km of light installations that incorporate icons symbolic of Malay tradition and history. You can also expect weekly performances for visitors to immerse in the Malay culture.
There is anticipated over 800 stalls, selling traditional Hari Raya goodies like kuih tart, kuih bangkit, and instagrammable food such as durian churros, rainbow burgers, crispy rendang chicken (yes, thank you Masterchef), candyfloss burritos, poke bowls, fried durians, and rainbow ice-cream buns.
However, the bazaar was not without its fair share of controversies last year, namely the increased rents to a record-high reported to be $17,000 for a single 9ft by 9ft space; and over-selling of instagrammable food with less emphasis on more traditional goodies.
While last year’s bazaar was all about Thai Iced Milk Tea, Unicorn-anything, and watermelon desserts, food stalls are churning out more innovative food items to attract the young crowd.
Here are some you can expect:
Crispy Chicken Rendang
Hyde & Co – Outside Tanjong Katong Complex, Booth 51 & 54
Chicken fried to crisp before coated in a Rendang sauce created from Head Chef Nazlie’s family traditional Javanese recipe. Served on a bed of Ketupat topped with crispy Emping Belinjo.
Other festival offerings include Hyde’s signature Chili Crab Pasta, Truffle Fries with shaved Parmigiano and newly launched Handcrafted Swedish Meatballs.
Raclette Cheese on Rosti
Stall GS221. Beside Muslim Converts’ Association of Singapore
Molten Raclette cheese blanketing over hearty Rosti and chicken cocktail sausages.
Pandan Churros with Durian
Loco Loco – Tanjong Katong Complex, Booth number 11 & 12
Loco Loco specializes in churros with a local twist. Items offered include Churros Platter ($16), D24 Durian with Original Churros ($6), D24 Durian with Pandan Churros ($6), Local Fusion Chicken Meatballs served with either Salted Egg or Chilli Crab sauce ($6) and Crispy Fish N’ Chips ($6).
Rainbow Angus Beef Burger
WORD. Café – Tanjong Katong Complex Booth 32
WORD.’s theme this year is “Gangster” and will be serving everything in huge sizes. The popular Rainbow Angus Beef Burger will continue to make its appearance.
Satay Meatballs In A Bucket
Sofnade – Tanjong Katong Complex (facing SIMS Avenue), booths 4 and 5
The Ramandan’s Special Edition is Satay Meatballs in a Bucket, with Chicken or Beef Meatballs slowed cooked in satay gravy, served with a base of Ketupat (rice cake), onions and cucumbers and topped with satay sauce.
Also offered is the standard Meatball buckets with brown or cheese sauce with cranberry.
Sofnade’s has also introduced Bucket Drinks Series, with Classic Bubble Milk Teas in a bucket, Okinawa Milk Tea, 100% Freshly Squeezed Watermelon Lemonade, and Blue Pea Longan Tea.
Ice Cream Rollies Rainbow Taco
4 new items (priced $4 – 6.90) introduced this year will be Rainbow Shaved Ice, Rainbow Taco Ice Cream Roll, Chocolate Marshmellow Drink and Watermelon Soft Serve.
Thai Iced Tea In 1L Cup
Broti is a local beverage pop-up shop selling teas — Thai Iced tea, Charcoal Matcha and Earl Grey Milk Tea, and flavoured sodas in signature 1L cups.
Russet Potato Fries with Special Cheese and Chilli Beef Sauces
Katoshka specialises in double fried russets that are coupled with an array of handcrafted sauces. The russet potatoes used are freshly cut, double fried and seasoned well with a mix of herbs and spices.
The varying sauces are made daily from scratch to ensure its quality and freshness.
Meanwhile, Artbox Singapore will return from 25 to 27 May and 1 to 3 June, with its location at Bayfront Event Space, Marina Bay.
Some competition may just go on between the two venues. I personally hope for food stalls at both spaces, to offer more than Unicorn-anything.
For first timer visitors, wear casual clothes, hydrate yourselves, bring enough cash and coins, and just immerse in the celebrations. Have fun!
How to get to Geylang Serai Market
MRT: Paya Lebar Station
Bus: 2, 7, 13, 21, 24, 26, 28, 30, 51, 67, 76, 154 and 155
May 12, 2018
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